Councillors today have approved plans for new attractions in Hull, drawing on the city's rich maritime heritage.
They agreed planning applications to upgrade the Maritime Museum and open a new visitor centre on the River Hull, where the country’s last sidewinder trawler will take up a new berth, as part of the £27.4m Yorkshire’s Maritime City project.
The plans for North End Shipyard will see Arctic Corsair, the sole survivor of the city’s once massive side trawling fleet, fully restored in a dry berth on the River Hull, with visitors directed through Queens Gardens, which is also getting a £4.3m facelift.
The council is expecting to hear from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in the autumn whether its £13.6 million bid for funding is successful.
If it is work could start as soon as early 2020.
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The hope is the tourism project will attract another 300,000 visitors a year.
Deputy council leader Daren Hale said: “Today’s decision is a significant step forward in our ambitious plans to celebrate our rich maritime history.
“The approval of this scheme will not only protect and transform our maritime sites; it will give us the opportunity to showcase our compelling story as a thriving maritime city and making Hull an attractive place to visit – adding to our fantastic tourism and cultural offer.
“The end result will be something the city can be really proud of.”
The council has committed £10m and a fundraising campaign is already underway to achieve a £2.6m funding shortfall.